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At Sharples School, our aim is to provide an ambitious curriculum that enables all students to be the best that they can be, and helps them to ‘Learn, Dream and Achieve’. Our curriculum has been designed in a way that sequences knowledge so that it can be revisited and built upon, preparing students to be successful at GCSE and beyond.

Our curriculum is rooted in a knowledge-rich approach and recognises that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill.

Our curriculum extends beyond the academic or vocational, and develops student’s character, interests and talents. We place a strong emphasis on student’s personal development in order to create confident individuals and responsible citizens who are able to contribute positively to life beyond Sharples .

We teach a curriculum that offers both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Students study the full breadth of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) and we aim to enrich our students by learning powerful, foundational knowledge that builds into their subjects studied at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11). At Key Stage 4 our curriculum embraces a strong academic core and high value vocational courses leading to positive Post-16 pathways.

Our curriculum vision is underpinned by a set of curriculum principles:

  • A curriculum that is ambitious, and gives all students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • A curriculum that is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils.
  • A curriculum that is rooted in a knowledge-engaged approach, that places an equal emphasis on knowledge and skill and recognises that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill.
  • A curriculum that meets the needs of all students and considers the local context.
  • A curriculum where learning and knowledge are deliberately sequenced in a manner that allows for progression, and where knowledge is sequenced to provide depth and breadth.
  • A curriculum that has a strong emphasis on Language for Learning and numeracy, and recognises their value across the whole curriculum.

“You have left no stone unturned in your quest to ensure that every pupil is provided with the building blocks they need to help them be successful.”

Ofsted, 2019